Modern Artifacts 11: Creating “Spaces”


This glimpse into the MoMA Archives—part of our regular series co-presented with the Museum of Modern Art Archives—unearths a range of fascinating, never-before-published material, from curatorial correspondence to opening-night photographs, related to MoMA’s groundbreaking foray into installation art in 1969.

Michelle Elligott is Chief of Archives, Library, and Research Collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Museum Studies at New York University. Her award-winning publications include Modern Artifacts (2020), René d’Harnoncourt and the Art of Installation (2018), and Art in Our Time: A Chronicle of the Museum of Modern Art (2004). Elligott was a Center for Curatorial Leadership International Fellow in 2016 and a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece, in 2005. She holds a B.A. from Smith College and an M.A. from Hunter College, CUNY, both in Art History.